Teams are beginning to establish themselves in their respective leagues, leaving us with some big games this week.
It is time to separate the contenders from the pretenders. Check out the big games this week.
Livermore at Foothill, 4 p.m.: The Falcons look to keep pace with front-running Granada. Livermore dropped a tough one to Granada but rallied with a win over San Ramon. The first of a loaded week for Foothill.
Granada at Dublin, 4 p.m.: The Matadors are the team to beat right now, but Dublin has yet to lose. This is the chance for a statement game for the Gaels.
Dougherty Valley at San Ramon Valley, 4 p.m.: Dougherty entered EBAL without a loss, but dropped a tough one to Granada. Now the Wildcats have a chance to get right back into the mix of things early.
Foothill at Granada, 4 p.m.: Game two for the Falcons when it comes to the Livermore gauntlet. Win both games and you have a huge leg up. Drop both and you are behind the eight-ball.
San Ramon Valley at California, 4 p.m.: Two solid EBAL teams that want to keep pace with the leaders. The winner solidifies a spot in the top for EBAL teams.
Amador Valley at Foothill, 4 p.m.: The battle of Pleasanton features two teams that have been dropping on the rest of the teams in the league.
San Ramon Valley at California, 4 p.m.: Two of the very good teams go head-to-head for the first time. Expect two big-time pitchers taking the mound today. A lot of players in this game will be taking their games to college next year.
Foothill at Granada, 4 p.m.: Two more top EBAL teams getting together early in the season. With so much talent and depth in the EBAL, every game feels like a must-win.
De La Salle at Foothill, 11 a.m.: The second of a brutally tough
back-to-back for the Falcons. Two wins in a row would leave the Falcons as the team to beat in the EBAL.